The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?

2. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

3. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?

4. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

5. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Socrates' last wish?

2. How educated was Socrates, and why?

3. What is written in Book 5, Chapter 1, about risking the loss of one's life?

4. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

5. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

6. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

7. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

8. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

9. What is the setting of Book 4?

10. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates denies the accusation that he tries to teach; he claims that he is only an ignorant man who is inquisitive in an effort to gain knowledge. How sincere do you think his profession of ignorance is? Do you think he really believes it? Or is it simply an effort to circumvent the pride of learned men and get them to talk to him, even though he is challenging their beliefs? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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